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Opinion

  • We would like to thank the community for the great response to the Lincoln Bicentennial Basket class.

    Martha Wetherbee, who has devoted the past 31 years to preserving the art of American basketry, designed the basket and taught the class. Fifty of the baskets were made which were a combination of the Shaker and Nantucket style basket. The baskets were made of white ash with a piece of boundary oak surrounding the new cabin penny.

  • We would like to thank the community for the great response to the Lincoln Bicentennial Basket class.

    Martha Wetherbee, who has devoted the past 31 years to preserving the art of American basketry, designed the basket and taught the class. Fifty of the baskets were made which were a combination of the Shaker and Nantucket style basket. The baskets were made of white ash with a piece of boundary oak surrounding the new cabin penny.

  • We would like to thank the community for the great response to the Lincoln Bicentennial Basket class.

    Martha Wetherbee, who has devoted the past 31 years to preserving the art of American basketry, designed the basket and taught the class. Fifty of the baskets were made which were a combination of the Shaker and Nantucket style basket. The baskets were made of white ash with a piece of boundary oak surrounding the new cabin penny.

  • Kentucky spring turkey season is past and harvest results reflect 2009 was better than 2008. I’m sad to report I don’t have a turkey reported in the spring harvest. But with the bad, comes the good, I did see turkeys.

    Better than that though, was the afternoon we spent hunting and a rain shower came. As soon as the rain came to an end, a beautiful double rainbow appeared. Sitting out in the middle of nowhere, and seeing God’s beauty all around, is better than harvesting a turkey, especially when that time is spent with loved ones, including my husband and son.

  • Having dad home for Fathers Day was a rare and special treat for my family. We would grill his favorite foods, pitch horseshoes, go swimming and eat watermelon until we could pop. Although my dad seldom wore aftershave lotion, Old Spice was what my brother and I would always buy him. My dad was in the Navy, so a tie was not an appropriate gift since he wore one often on duty. One year we did consider getting him a robe but he preferred walking around the house in his skivvies.

  • I want to say “thank you” to the 26 individuals who volunteered to donate blood Tuesday at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club.

    Many thanks to the volunteers who worked: Mary C. Cravens, Linda Stearman, Sue Brockman and Rob Brown.

    Also, thanks to the following businesses who support the blood drive: Hometown Pizza, Lawson Florist and the Sweet Shoppe.

    The community blood drive will return to Hodgenville on Aug. 11.

    Faye Puryear

    Volunteer Coordinator

    American Red Cross

     

  • For 16 years, I have been trying to ignore Fathers Day.

    My daughters never have tried to cooperate. Now that grandkids have arrived, it appears that Fathers Day has become an even more celebrated event around our house.

    This weekend both kids, both sons-in-law and the three grandbabies – ages 4, 3 and 2 – will pay a visit to my house. A little Saturday night gathering and some kind of after church activity are planned for Sunday. There’s been talk of pizza, balloons and my grandson’s new water pistol. It all sounds like a pretty festive time.

  • One of the things I like to do most is spend as much time as possible in helping my mom out and spending time with her and my sister, if nothing else just watching TV with them. If time is taken away then I perceive the interrupting situation a threat to spending those golden moments with my family.

  • There’s nothing to do in this town.

    I’ve heard this statement more than a few times. Well let me remind you that, thanks to Hodgenville elected officials and The LaRue County Herald News, the next free movie night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the newly renovated Civic Center in downtown Hodgenville.

    In fact, movie and popcorn both are free while you watch Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller “North By Northwest.”

  • If I were God, I would create humans with rewind buttons on their mouths or a 10-second delay device.

    We tend to say some really dumb things.

    Once I met a man at a gym who said he’d been a bodybuilder for 48 years. Since he wasn’t all Hulk Hoganish, I asked, “When did you stop?”

    Although he laughed, he looked at me with a combined horrified amazement as if to say, “I can’t believe you said that!”

  • My granddaughter Claire is a feisty child. She reminds me a lot of her mother at that age.

    She is 19 months old and starting to string words together. Sometimes I can understand her – sometimes not – but I always get a kick out of what she says. She gives an extra twist to the word “umbrella-la-la.”

    The other day I was talking to her on the phone and two words came out perfectly clear.

    She said “new shoes.”

    The child is a prodigy – and a girl after my own heart.

  • This summer, the City of Hodgenville is taking a small step toward addressing an often-cited need for affordable, local activities.

    A free summer movie series will be offered at Hodgenville Civic Center. The monthly event is a small step to address the constant cry of young and old that “there’s nothing to do around here.”

  • Hot weather is upon us and with the rise in temperatures comes much suffering for animals.

    Dogs are descendants of the wolf, an animal who spends his days in the cool forests or in rock shelters. Just as the wolf seeks shelter from the sun, so also dogs need shade. Rather than providing shade, a doghouse sitting in the sun quickly becomes an oven. Deprived of shade a dog can die a slow and painful death from heat stroke. Dog houses need to be placed under a large tree or a side porch needs to be built on the house to provide shade.

  • I want to thank Mayor Terry Cruse, City Council and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback for their efforts to offer our citizens the Free Movie Night entertainment opportunity. Also thanks to Larry Bell for providing the popcorn. My wife and I attended with our granddaughter and enjoyed it very much. The huge 20-foot screen and sound system proved to be top quality.

  • There is no substitute for human blood. The need for blood is constant and the gratification of donating is instant. That is why the American Red Cross will proudly join in the fifth anniversary and worldwide celebration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14. This is the day the world honors blood donors for their priceless contributions to their communities. Blood donors speak a universal language of giving. The very gesture of holding out one’s arm in order to give blood is a strong symbol of solidarity around the world. Our common humanity is expressed in blood donations.

  • Having served as an election commission for several years in another state, I understand the duties of an official and I also understand the passion for the job you are sworn to do and the peer pressure to make bad decisions.

  • On May 17, the city hosted a free concert at the Hodgenville Civic Center for the citizens of Hodgenville and LaRue County.

    In my opinion, the event was a huge success. Few people realize the amount of work that goes into making such an event as this one happen. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved for their hard work.

  • Just when you think that state government has found some sanity, Gov. Steven Beshear just gave it away. In trying to placate his radical, left-wing voter base, he has decided to continue giving written driving tests in 22 different languages just five days before the State Police were going to English only in a cost-cutting measure to the state and tax payers.

  • It appears to me several people need a Business 101 class. If I were to ask Wal-Mart for a donation to a good charity for $25, they would say yes. If I walked back in and asked for another, they would say no. You see a business cannot afford to give to everybody that asks – they would go broke.

    In the Ronnie’s Custom Cabinets and Furniture By Design misunderstanding, it should be very easy to understand. My father, Ronnie Chelf, could not legally do business with the school system based on him being a board member.

  • Last night I attended my 6-year-old granddaughter’s softball game at the LaRue County Parks and Recreation field. I left wondering: what are LaRue County parents teaching their children?

    Isn’t the reason these games exist is for the kids to have fun?

    The kids in the outfield that couldn’t hear the yelling and screaming probably did have fun. Some of the others – not so much.